The Dog Owner's Manual: Operating Instructions, Trouble-Shooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance


At Last! A Beginner’s Guide to Canine Technology
Pee stains on the carpet. Barking at all hours of the night. That embarrassing thing he does with your leg. It’s enough to make you cry out, “Why doesn’t my dog have an owner’s manual?” And now, thankfully, he does.
Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Dog Owner’s Manual explores ...

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At Last! A Beginner’s Guide to Canine Technology
Pee stains on the carpet. Barking at all hours of the night. That embarrassing thing he does with your leg. It’s enough to make you cry out, “Why doesn’t my dog have an owner’s manual?” And now, thankfully, he does.
Through step-by-step instructions and helpful schematic diagrams, The Dog Owner’s Manual explores hundreds of frequently asked questions: Which breeds interface best with children? How can I program my model to fetch? And why is its nose always wet? Whatever your concerns, you’ll find the answers right here—courtesy of celebrated veterinarian Dr. David Brunner and acclaimed author Sam Stall. Together, they provide plenty of useful advice for both new and experienced dog owners. 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781931686853
  • Publisher: Quirk Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/13/2004
  • Series: Owner's and Instruction Manual Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 705,132
  • Product dimensions: 5.01 (w) x 6.99 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

A veterinarian for 25 years and operator of Indianapolis’s Broad Ripple Animal Clinic for 22 years, Dr. David Brunner specializes in treating small animals—cats and dogs. He has two daughters, Molly and Kendell, and two black Labrador retrievers, Lucy and Noel, both of whom come to work with him every day. Sam Stall is the coauthor of As Seen On TV: 50 Amazing Products and the Commercials That Made Them Famous and Dirty Words of Wisdom. He resides in Indianapolis with his three terrier mixed-breeds, Tippy, Katie, and Gracie, as well as his wife, Jami (who has no terrier blood whatsoever), and their cat, Ted. Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum are better known as the Philadelphia-based studio Headcase Design. Their work has been featured in many design and illustration publications, such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, and Print. Paul worked at Running Press Book Publishers for several years before opening Headcase in 1998. Both graduated from the Tyler School of Art, where they now teach. While illustrating this book, Jude acquired a Boston terrier named Huxley, which he has since programmed to sit, stay, roll over, and mix cocktails. Paul’s dog, an imaginary Jack Russell named Crackers, was last seen romancing a pair of running shoes.

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Table of Contents

Welcome to Your New Dog! 10
The Dog: Diagram and Parts List 13
The Head 13
The Body 14
Sensor Specifications 15
Memory Capacity 19
Product Life Span 19
Chapter 1 Overview of Makes and Models 20
A Brief Product History 22
Survey of Brands 24
Top-Selling Models 26
Nonstandard, Off-Brand Models 38
Selecting an Appropriate Model 40
New Versus Used Models 42
Selecting a Gender 43
Selecting a Vendor 43
Puppy Pre-acquisition Inspection Checklist 46
Adult Dog Pre-acquisition Inspection Checklist 48
Chapter 2 Home Installation 50
Preparing the Home 52
Recommended Accessories 53
Initial Introduction 56
Interfacing with Children 57
Interfacing with Other Dogs 60
Interfacing with Cats 63
First Night at Home 66
Selecting a Name 67
Chapter 3 Daily Interaction 68
Audio Cues and Body Language 70
Dogs and Human Speech 72
Sleep Mode 72
Dog Identification Methods 73
Exercise and Fitness 74
Yard Containment Protocol 77
Waste Disposal Protocols 81
Crate Training 81
House-Training 84
Dealing with Unauthorized Downloads 84
Chapter 4 Basic Programming 86
Overview of Factory-Installed Software 88
Establishing Dominance 89
Training Options (Software Add-Ons) 92
Socialization 92
Leash Training 92
Sit 94
Stay 94
Heel 97
Coming When Called 98
Selecting an Obedience Program 101
Chapter 5 Fuel Requirements 102
Types of Fuel 104
Selecting a Brand 106
How to Feed 107
Fuel Supplements (Snacks) 111
Managing the Dog's Weight 112
Weight Reduction 114
Chapter 6 Exterior Maintenance 116
Understanding the Coat 118
Overview of Dog Hair Varieties 119
General Coat Maintenance 122
Selecting a Professional Groomer 123
Removing Mats 124
Bathing 125
Ears 128
Eyes 129
Teeth 129
Anal Glands 129
Nails 130
Emergency Cleanups 132
Chapter 7 Growth and Development 134
Puppy Growth Stages 136
Birth to 8 Weeks 136
8 to 15 Weeks 136
16 Weeks to 11 Months 137
12 Months 137
Calculating Age in "Dog Years" 140
Teeth Development 140
Diet Requirements 141
Sexual Maturity 141
Spaying and Neutering 142
Chapter 8 Interior Maintenance 144
Selecting a Service Provider 146
Conducting a Home Maintenance Inspection 147
Visiting Your Service Provider 149
Age 6-8 Weeks 149
Age 10-12 Weeks 149
Age 14-16 Weeks 150
Annually 150
Potentially Major Hardware Glitches 151
Minor Hardware Glitches 154
Medicinal Compounds 156
Administering Pills 157
Measuring the Dog's Heart Rate 158
Measuring the Dog's Core Temperature 159
Chapter 9 Emergency Maintenance 160
Contagious Diseases 162
Chronic Diseases 164
Hereditary Diseases 166
Allergies 167
Poisons 168
Trauma 170
Bugs in the System 172
Internal Parasites 172
External Parasites 175
Behavioral/Psychological Disorders 178
Emergency Transport Techniques 180
The Heimlich Maneuver 183
Artificial Respiration and CPR 184
Pet Insurance 187
Chapter 10 Advanced Functions 188
Home and Personal Defense 190
Contests 191
Hardware Modifications 195
Reproduction 196
Selecting a Mate 196
Mating 197
Pregnancy 198
Prenatal Monitoring 198
Preparing for Birth 199
Birth 199
Canine Travel 200
Automobile Travel 200
Air Travel 202
Old Age 203
Obsolescence and Deactivation 204
Appendix 206
Troubleshooting 207
Technical Support 216
Glossary of Terms 217
Index 219
About the Authors 224
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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    Funny And Informing

    Being a dog lover, that's the first section I head toward when at the library and I ran into this book. I found it both informing with a touch of humor.

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  • Posted December 6, 2010

    A computer-savvy dog owner's must have

    The Dog Owner's Manual, Operating Instructions, Troubleshooting Tips, and Advice on Lifetime Maintenance by Dr. David Brunner and Sam Stall with illustrations by Paul Kepple and Jude Buffum is a smart and witty read for the computer savvy dog owner.
    The book was published in 2004, but it is still up-to-date and in synch with other modern pet training books, and the technical comparisons throughout the book are written in such a way that they will not become obsolete any time soon.
    This owner's manual is not for your average dog owner. Someone without a firm grasp on today's technical jargon might find the book boring, or just plain confusing. For the dog owner who is technologically savvy, it will be a funny and educational read. Unfortunately, they do not make a large print version of this book, and the small green and orange text can be a bit of an eye strain. They achieved what they were aiming for though, and that was a dog training book meant to look like a computer instruction manual.
    From puppyhood to the senior years, The Dog Owner's Manual takes you step-by-step through the ins and outs of what it takes to own a dog. The book provides important information such as the Heimlich maneuver and CPR, as well as lists of household items that are toxic to dogs and what kinds of toys are best for dogs of all stages of life.
    The book goes in to great detail on properly "interfacing" your pooch with babies, children, and adult members (Even new ones.) in your home. It also describes the best way to "interface" Fido with cats and other typical household pets. The "interfacing" is laid out in two ways: one as the dog being the new family member, and the other as the humans and household pets being the new family members. Few other books provide this much assistance with integrating pets into the family.
    For a computer whiz, The Dog Owner's Manual is a fun and intelligent addition to the home library. Like the other owner's manuals in this collection, if the subject pertains to you, it is a good idea to invest in it. Few dog behavior books cover such a broad range of subjects, and do so in such a way that you do not feel like you are reading a textbook. Invest in The Dog Owner's Manual and you will not be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    really great book

    This was a very funny book, you'll laugh all the way through it. But it also is full of great information and diagrams for novice and veteran owners alike.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2004

    Fun and Informative

    This was a really fun book. I highly recommend it.

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